Last week was Lost week, with May 23rd marking the one year anniversary of the series finale of the television phenomenon. You might not have liked how it ended, or even stuck with the show through all six seasons, but no one can deny the tremendous, revolutionizing effect that Lost had on television drama, and how influential it has been in pop culture.

To celebrate the occasion, I want to dedicate my first column to Lost – my favorite TV show of all time (with the possible exception of Buffy). Instead of writing a long essay about how much the show has affected my life and blah blah, I have put together a list of my top 5 episodes of all time. As it turns out… not an easy task!

 


Now, there are so many directions you could take this list in. The best mythology episodes, the best character episodes, the most classic Lost episodes… ultimately though, I’ve tried to mix it up, and I’ve also tried to pick some episodes that aren’t necessarily obvious choices for a top 5 list. Feel free to disagree in the comments! I’m sure I’ve missed your favorite – seeing as I decided to spice things up and leave ‘The Constant’ off the list. Dun dun dunnn.

 

Honorable mentions: ‘The Man From Tallahassee,’ ‘The Moth,’ ‘Jughead,’ ‘The Shape of Things to Come,’ ‘Exodus Parts 2 & 3’. (Oh look what I did – now it’s a top 10!)

 

5. ‘The Incident’ (5×16/5×17)
Written by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, directed by Jack Bender. Multi/Jacob-centric.

One of the things Lost did best was undeniably season finales. In fact, the only finale that didn’t make my jaw drop and my tears flow was ‘Live Together, Die Alone’ in season 2, and I think I’m in the minority there. I felt I needed to have a finale on this list, and after much deliberation I went with ‘The Incident.’ I thought about ‘Exodus,’ too, but I already have two episodes from season 1 on here, and the later seasons needed some love, too. Also, ‘The Incident’ is one of the best examples in Lost of a multi-centric episode, which shows us how each Candidate was selected (some as children, like Sawyer and Kate, others as adults) by Jacob – who we meet for the first time in this episode! On the island in 1977, Jack is about to detonate the hydrogen bomb, desperate to change the characters’ future and save the people that have died on the island – and what makes this even more powerful is that when season 6 opens, we are led to believe that it worked. Juliet is pulled down into the hole where Jack tossed the bomb (so full of faith and so sure that it would work), and though it didn’t technically happen till ‘LA X,’ Juliet dying is probably the single most upsetting, tragic Lost death, bar Jin and Sun. In this episode, Jack and Sawyer also come to blows, which was a long time coming; we are reunited with the now “retired” Rose and Bernard, and of course Ben kills Jacob, and Locke is revealed to be the Man in Black. So exciting!

Best moment: Aside from the great character moments and the romantic nods to Jack/Kate and Juliet/Sawyer, there really were two scenes in this episode that in a perfect world would go down in history as some of the best drama on television. The first being the opening scene which shows us Jacob and Man in Black for the first time, and is a classic Lost OMG-moment when we realize who we are looking at. The second scene is the finale’s final moment in which Juliet, broken and bleeding, uses her last bit of strength to hammer on the bomb until the screen explodes in a white light, leading into a polarized “LOST” title card.

Dialogue:

Man in Black: Do you have any idea how badly I want to kill you?
Jacob: Yes.
Man in Black: One of these days, sooner or later, I’m going to find a loophole, my friend.

Sawyer: Why are you doing this, Juliet?
Juliet: If I never meet you, then I never have to lose you.

 

4. ‘The Other 48 Days’ (2×07)
Written by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, directed by Eric Laneuville. Tailie-centric.

What I love about ‘The Other 48 Days’ is how it completely breaks style – which is hard to do in a show that tackles a different genre every episode – by moving from “our” characters to a group of what is practically strangers to the audience. We were told in season 1 that there were other survivors from Flight 815, in the season finale we met Ana Lucia and saw how close Jack was to taking her place, and in season 2 they were introduced as violent savages who captured Jin, Michael and Sawyer (“Udders! Udders!”). But now, we are getting their entire, tragic story, and it’s a real twilight zone episode where we take a step back from the troubles our characters are facing and say phew, at least they weren’t in the tail section! Because these guys have it really tough. They are systematically attacked by the Others, and their numbers dwindle eerily fast, until it’s only a small group of survivors roughing it up in the jungle, fighting traitors and mutiny along the way. Ana Lucia is the Tailies’ version of Jack, but an inverted character of sorts: where Jack is a doctor and doesn’t initially want to lead anyone, Ana is a cop and immediately takes control. Eko is their Locke, but he is violent and silent – though in some ways more honest. This episode is suspenseful and disjointed, with title cards counting down to the present day (‘Abandoned,’ in which Ana shoots Shannon) when the two camps collide and we finally understand what has led Ana Lucia and her group to behave the way they do. A lot of people didn’t like the Tailies when they were first brought in, but personally I liked the change of pace they brought to the story, and the contrast that was created between the Losties whose story we’d been following, and the “other” group. Another reason I liked this episode was because it was pure island story, with no off-island flashbacks. That makes it more fun to rewatch!

Best moment: When Ana finally breaks down and cries. Complete with the Michael Giacchino-composed score, ‘Ana Cries.’ Also, when Ana Lucia and Goodwin talk, right before she kills him. It’s deliciously tense, and Goodwin reveals a lot about the nature of the enigmatic Others: they judge people as “good” or “bad” and take the ones they want, and as we later learn, Goodwin lobbied hard for Ana, who wasn’t supposed to be one of the good ones.

Dialogue:

Ana Lucia: What, you talking now?
Eko: It’s been forty days.
Ana Lucia: You’ve been waiting forty days to talk?
Eko: You waited forty days to cry.

Ana Lucia: Did you kill him?
Goodwin: Nathan was not a good person. That’s why he wasn’t on the list.

 

3. ‘Flashes Before Your Eyes’ (3×08)
Written by Damon Lindelof and Drew Goddard, directed by Jack Bender. Desmond-centric.

See, here’s the thing: I’ve always been a fan of Desmond and his flash-whatever-they-weres, but I think ‘The Constant’ is hugely overrated. Aside from the final scene, which was amazing, the episode was very confusing and there was quite a bit of throwaway plot about Desmond running around on a boat with a nose bleed. Personally, I think ‘Flashes’ was a far more solid episode, and much more iconic and significant in the larger scheme of things. This episode marks the first time Lost does any kind of time jumping, it introduces Eloise Hawking, and expands on Desmond’s premonitions. Desmond waking up after the Hatch detonation covered in paint, the creation of the Desmond/Penny photo as well as the engagement ring sinking down into the water are some of the most memorable images in the history of the show, and the final, shell-shocking revelation that fan favorite Charlie was destined to die was game changing. Instead of once again wondering which character would die this year, the audience was instead left to wonder when and if Charlie would die. Which he did. And sad as it was, it was still the ultimate storyline payoff. The Desmond/Penny scenes in this episode were great, and to this day I’m still left wondering how much of this was real, and how much Desmond re-constructed in his mind… It’s close to a perfect episode, this one, with very few insignificant moments.

Best moment: So many! Desmond meeting Charlie and predicting the rain, that was chilling! There’s also the Eloise Hawking scene on the bench, when she talks about the inevitability of fate, which would set the tone for the entire rest of the series… and of course we can’t forget that infamous MacCutcheon whiskey scene with Charles Widmore.

Dialogue:

Desmond: Why do you love me?
Penny: Because you’re a good man. In my experience they’re pretty hard to come by.

Ms. Hawking: The universe, unfortunately, has a way of course-correcting. That man was supposed to die; that was his path. Just as it’s your path to go to the island. You don’t do it because you choose to, Desmond. You do it because you’re supposed to.

Widmore: What you’re not, is worthy of drinking my whiskey. How could you ever be worthy of my daughter?

 

2. ‘The Pilot, Part 1’ (1×01)
Written by J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof, directed by J.J. Abrams. Jack-centric.

This is probably, everything taken into consideration, the best episode of the show. But I feel it has an unfair advantage: ‘The Pilot’ episode of Lost had the budget of a cinematic feature, and was produced over a significant length of time. Compare that to, say, the Buffy or Supernatural pilots and it’s a very different story. Some say that the show went downhill ever since its first episode, but while I love every single moment of the pilot, I disagree. I was one of the people that stuck with the show till ‘The End,’ not because of what it used to be but because of what it developed into. Still, ‘The Pilot’ deserves a high place on this Top 5 list, if for nothing else then because it is the episode I have re-watched the most times, and the only episode except ‘Exodus’ which I believe I’ll never get tired of. ‘The Pilot’’s strength (besides from being one of the only pilot episodes in television history entitled ‘The Pilot’ where that title is actually relevant to the plot) is that we are briefly introduced to a lot of characters, but the glimpses we get into who they are speak of everything that is to come (at least everything the writers knew at this point). When we first meet Kate, we don’t know that she’s a criminal with a heart of gold who killed her father and has a chronic “running away problem,” and heck, the actress doesn’t even know it, but the character does. The acting from the entire cast is mindblowing all through the first season, and the characters are simultaneously complete mysteries and so fully realized. So much character and romance groundwork is laid in just these first 40 minutes, the cinematography and music is amazing, and the initial monster mystery might be the show’s best one ever.

Best moment: If I was wearing a hat, I’d take it off for Evangeline Lilly, who delivered one of the most powerful performances on the small screen I’ve ever seen, when she was running from the monster in the jungle and counted down from five to make herself less scared. Lilly took a lot of heat over the years for her character’s ambiguous romantic attachments, but I’ve always maintained that as an actress, she was outstanding from start to finish, and managed to portray the duality of the character (and thus her conflicted feelings for Jack and Sawyer, the two parts of herself) perfectly. And of course, Locke eating the orange Godfather-style: best ease of tension ever.

Dialogue:

Jack: So I just made a choice. I’d let the fear in. Let it take over, let it do its thing. But only for five seconds, that’s all I was gonna give it. So I started to count: 1… 2… 3… 4… 5. And it was gone. I went back to work, sewed her up, and she was fine.
Kate: If that had been me, I think I would’ve run for the door.
Jack: No, I don’t think that’s true. You’re not running now.

Charlie : (to Kate) I heard you yell. I heard you yell, ‘Jack’. I’m Charlie, by the way.

 

1. ‘Walkabout’ (1×04)
Written by David Fury, directed by Jack Bender. Locke-centric.

“Don’t tell me what I can’t put on my Top 5 List!” The funny thing about ‘Walkabout’ having the top spot is that in my first draft of this, I’d bumped the episode off the list completely for ‘The Man From Tallahassee.’ My main argument there was that I had too many season 1 episodes on the list, and that ‘TMFT’ answered why Locke was in a wheelchair. But then I thought, sure, but what trumps that? Finding out that Locke was in a wheelchair! And that moment, more than any other, was what made Lost a must-watch show, and set it apart from other television dramas. Locke is definitely up there as one of my favorite characters, and Terry O’Quinn is just an incredibly talented actor. I’ve watched this episode with a lot of different people who were seeing it for the first time, and though it seems obvious now that Locke was paralyzed in the flashbacks, not a single person I’ve seen it with picked up on it. No matter how many times I watch it, the episode is still so incredibly powerful: here’s this awesome guy who Boone assumes is in the army, yet back home he works at a box company, trying to have a relationship with a sex line employee and trying to fulfill his life dream of going on a walkabout only to be turned away. The other star of this episode is Michael Giacchino, who produced beautiful music to the show, and whose haunting ‘Locked Out Again’ score only makes the episode ten times better. Whenever I think of Lost, my mind immediately goes to ‘Walkabout,’ and it’s the one episode about which I’ve never heard a bad word from anyone. It just doesn’t get better than this.

Best moment: When Locke is told he can’t go on the walkabout and the bus drives away, leaving him in his wheelchair. And then when Claire is holding the memorial service at the end, Locke looks at his wheelchair and smiles… he’s found his destiny.

Dialogue:

Locke: Don’t you walk away from me! You don’t know who you’re dealing with! Don’t ever tell me what I can’t do, ever! This is destiny. This is destiny. This is… this is my destiny. This… I’m supposed to do this, dammit! Don’t tell me what I can’t do!

Jack: (after Locke throws a knife at Sawyer) You either have very good aim… or very bad aim.

 

So there you have it, my top 5 Lost episodes! I struggled with this list for days, and I had maybe 15 episodes that I kept changing out at random, completely unable to decide. How do you leave episodes like ‘The Shape of Things to Come’ and ‘The Man Behind the Curtain’ off a respectable Lost list?? And what about ‘Through the Looking Glass’ and ‘Ab Aeterno!’ And others might say, how dare you leave off ‘The End’ or ‘The Constant’! I know at least one person who’d complain about the absence of ‘Hunting Party,’ too… but I reckon that’s just the one person, there. Truth is, Lost is an extremely subjective show because whatever episode is ‘best’ for you will depend on what characters, storylines, relationships, mysteries and time periods you like the best. I arrived at a list that I feel fairly confident won’t keep me up at night, but there were plenty of episodes it pained me to leave out. Just goes to show what an incredible six years the show gave us – and today, one year later, I still haven’t “let go”… Time to dust off those old DVDs in time for a summer rewatch, I think!

Do you agree/disagree with my choices? Share your own list in the comments!

Screencaps from: Lost-Media.com

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Some awesome celebrities turned out today to support the Women’s March on Washington movement, in order to send a strong message to the Trump administration that women’s rights are human rights!

Massive crowds all over the world today are taking part in the Women’s March to send a message about women’s rights. Here at Hypable we give a big shout out to all of those taking a stand today. To show that you’re not alone in this fight, here’s a look at some of the celebrities who were among the estimated four million marchers who showed up to support you in D.C. and all over the world.

Emma Watson and Bonnie Wright

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Some awesome celebrities turned out today to support the Women’s March on Washington movement, in order to send a strong message to the Trump administration that women’s rights are human rights!

Massive crowds all over the world today are taking part in the Women’s March to send a message about women’s rights. Here at Hypable we give a big shout out to all of those taking a stand today. To show that you’re not alone in this fight, here’s a look at some of the celebrities who were among the estimated four million marchers who showed up to support you in D.C. and all over the world.

Emma Watson and Bonnie Wright

Kristen Stewart

Charlize Theron

Madonna

Nick Offerman

Sir Ian McKellen

Candice King, Julie Plec and Kayla Ewell

Mindy Kaling

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Darren Criss and Nick Lang

Melissa Benoist

💪#womensmarchonwashington

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Misha Collins

#womansmarch Jacksonville, FL. Fight on!

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Aja Naomi King and Alfred Enoch

Resistance. Respect. #womensmarch 👊🏾

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Lin-Manuel Miranda

Joss Whedon

Edgar Wright

Miley Cyrus

Ariana Grande

today filled my heart with so much hope !! got to meet many beautiful, passionate people and march alongside my loved ones. the sun came out for us. we are so much stronger and louder than hatred, ignorance, sexism, racism, agism, homophobia, transphobia, body shaming, slut shaming, prejudice, discrimination of all kinds, patriarchal conditioning and the backwards expectations of what a woman should be! I'm so proud of / inspired by everyone who marched today and thankful that there are so many people on this planet currently celebrating how brilliant and magical women truly are! let's keep our voices loud, passionate & peaceful! let's continue being strong for each other and to build each other up! let us stay connected to our divinity. 🌸♡🌌

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John Legend

#WomensMarch

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Chrissy Teigen and America Ferrara

Dame Helen Mirren

Gillian Anderson

Bryan Fuller

Neil Gaiman

Kerry Washington with Natalie Portman

… and with Laverne Cox

Ben Barnes

Amy Schumer and Uzo Aduba

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Gina Rodriguez

Carlos Valdes, Arthur Darvill, Danielle Panabaker, Caity Lotz and Keiynan Lonsdale

Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal

Kevin McHale

Chris Colfer

Scarlett Johansson

Blake Lively

Yoko Ono and Whoopi Goldberg

Jessica Chastain

Alicia Keys and Janelle Monae

Katy Perry

Zendaya

That's right…

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Troye Sivan

Willow Smith

Mark Ruffalo

Yip. Well said. Borrowed sign from @dorisfullgrabe design by @dirtybandits #womensmarch Nyc

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Paul Bettany

Eddie Izzard

Stephen Colbert

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Even though we’re halfway through Lucifer season 2, God has only ever been mentioned by name, so we haven’t seen what he looks like — yet.

God has been a major player in Lucifer since the pilot episode, but we’ve never seen his face. Despite what a huge influence he’s had on all of Lucifer’s existence, the show has understandably continued to keep him a mystery (though we did wonder when we’d be seeing him).

But now, according to EW, Timothy Omundson (Psych, Galavant) has been cast in the role of God Johnson.

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Even though we’re halfway through Lucifer season 2, God has only ever been mentioned by name, so we haven’t seen what he looks like — yet.

God has been a major player in Lucifer since the pilot episode, but we’ve never seen his face. Despite what a huge influence he’s had on all of Lucifer’s existence, the show has understandably continued to keep him a mystery (though we did wonder when we’d be seeing him).

But now, according to EW, Timothy Omundson (Psych, Galavant) has been cast in the role of God Johnson.

They don’t specifically say Omundson will be playing the God, but EW reports he is “a patient in a psychiatric hospital, who is charming, enigmatic, and oh yeah, he thinks he’s the one and only God Almighty.”

Lucifer will certainly take issue with someone impersonating any divine being, let alone his father.

However, EW also says, “As Lucifer (Tom Ellis) tries to prove him a phony, he comes to find that ‘God Johnson’ seems to know things that only Lucifer’s true Father would know. Could he really be the Big Guy Upstairs?”

The trick will be to figure out if God Johnson is the real deal or if someone else is feeding him information to lure Lucifer out. At this point, it could be just about anybody — Charlotte, Amenadiel, the man in the hat, or a player we’ve yet to meet.

Omundson has been signed on for only one episode, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll never see him again.

Are you excited Timothy Omundson has been added to ‘Lucifer‘?

At a time when the divide between the generations has arguably never been greater, The 100 encapsulates the struggle of millennials more than any other current show.

This article was submitted by Hypable reader Stephanie Farnsworth.

The media churns out article after article about the laziness of millennials, and then complains about how we work too hard. Millennials are branded “snowflakes” even as we struggle to pay rent and bear the consequences of the economic fall-out that we didn’t cause.

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At a time when the divide between the generations has arguably never been greater, The 100 encapsulates the struggle of millennials more than any other current show.

This article was submitted by Hypable reader Stephanie Farnsworth.

The media churns out article after article about the laziness of millennials, and then complains about how we work too hard. Millennials are branded “snowflakes” even as we struggle to pay rent and bear the consequences of the economic fall-out that we didn’t cause.

The CW drama The 100, which is entering its fourth season in February, rather bluntly captures that sense of young people paying the price of previous generations; at the beginning of the series, a council of adult politicians literally sent teenagers to a radiation-soaked earth to try to save their own society.

The 100 season 1 Jaha

The pilot episode revealed the extent of the power imbalance between the generations that reflects our society today: Chancellor Jaha presented the project of ‘the hundred’ as a way for young delinquents to fulfil their duty and gain redemption, even if it cost them their lives. They were even expected to be grateful, because they’d been judged as criminals and would have been executed anyway, even for relatively petty crimes.

And as The 100 season 4 approaches, the adults’ attitudes towards the kids haven’t changed that much from the show’s premiere.

Related: Previewing The 100 season 4: What to expect when you’re expecting an apocalypse

Generational conflict and tension has remained at the heart of the show throughout the series. The generational focus has not been diluted even as the world has expanded to reveal far more of the culture of the Grounders; in fact, this has only given rise to more conflict as the older members of Skaikru have struggled to accept not only the Grounders’ belief system, but the young age of their Commanders.

As the figurehead for all of the delinquents, lead character Clarke has been undermined and derided at every turn. In season 2, her own mother scoffed at the idea that Clarke and Lexa could lead their people to safety, mocking the Grounder Commander’s age and commenting, “They’re being led by a child.” It was up to Kane to point out that Skaikru were, too, because none of the adults had managed to think of a solution, and it was up to Clarke to save them.

Both Abby and Kane’s attitudes play into the infantilising of the millennial generation. Neither Clarke nor Lexa were children. They were young adults, and they were working towards making a better society where all of their people could survive while the adults were focused on internal power plays. Jaha was ready to leave the young adults in Mount Weather to die, but that’s no surprise; he’d made that decision before.

Abby couldn’t bear losing power to her own daughter, to the extent that it culminated in a scene where she assaulted Raven. The young mechanic was cool and composed in her response, pointing out that Clarke stopped being a child when Abby signed off on her daughter being sent to Earth to die.

Raven’s positioning was clear: Although not condemned by any crimes (even if she had committed the crime that Finn was convicted of), she chose to align herself with the hundred and was the one who chose to come to Earth simply to help. The younger generation, in short, pulled together, and when the older generation landed they brought down their old rules and oppression.

The consequences were overwhelming for the younger characters. They were tasked with saving everyone at the expense of any peace to their own souls. Clarke demonstrated this more than any other character and she ended up fleeing her people, unable to carry the burden of expectation they all had for her. It’s something she wrestled with throughout season 3, and with Earth facing a nuclear apocalypse again, Clarke will have to make peace — not with herself, but with how everyone else sees her if she is to survive.

The 100 season 4 Bellamy

Bellamy, too, will have to find his own identity. Last season, he effectively turned his back on the hundred to win the praise of Pike, and Bellamy upheld and supported his bigotry.

His part in slaughtering the Ark survivors’ 300 Grounder allies will not be easily forgotten. Bellamy wanted to be the hero. He wanted to protect people (specifically the women in his life) who never asked for that, and he wanted to be a part of the establishment.

If The 100 presents a metaphor for the real-life relationship between millennials and Gen X, Bellamy is the one wearing the rose-tinted glasses that younger people are supposed to wear when viewing an establishment that has been willing to regularly criticise later generations.

He had longed to be part of the Guard since he was a boy, and he saw a way to fulfil that old dream and become part of an order that had caused his entire family so much suffering. Bellamy was never quite the hundred: He was older, and his sole concern initially had been protecting his sister. It was easier for him to flit between the different groups within Skaikru than it was for any of the rest of the hundred.

After the events of last season, however, Bellamy now knows the pain he’s caused by his choices. And in season 4, he will have to choose exactly who to put his faith in: Clarke or the old order?

But maybe, in light of the external threat that now threatens humanity’s survival, the two generations will finally be able to pull together. There have been many hints that Clarke and Jaha will find some common ground this season due to the pressures they are facing, and Jaha knows well the cost of leading. Through Clarke, we will see whether lessons can be learned from the mistakes of the generation before.

Octavia once accused Clarke of being just like the council by deciding who was worthy of life. Clarke now must show whether she will follow that path or whether she can be better. The millennial dream of whether we can learn from the repression and conservatism of the past will be on trial in The 100 season 4, as we see just how Clarke plans to lead her friends into this new battle.

The 100‘ season 4 premieres February 1 at 9/8c on The CW